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Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robbery

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:36

Victim pistol whipped in Lawndale robberyPolice say a person was hospitalized after being pistol whipped during a robbery in Philadelphia's Lawndale section.


2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fire

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:35

2 women killed in Atlantic City apartment fireAuthorities say a two alarm apartment fire claimed the lives of two women in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disaster

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:34

Local Ukrainian-Americans rally against plane disasterLocal Ukrainian-Americans held an impassioned rally along the Ben Franklin Parkway to condemn those responsible for the Malaysia Flight 17 tragedy and to mourn the victims.


Car involved in bank robbery-hostage taking found

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:45

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in the Northern California city of Stockton have located a vehicle that was involved in a bank robbery and running gun battle that ended with the death of a hostage.


Obama to meet Central America leaders, migrant numbers fall: officials

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:28

U.S. President Obama discusses the situation in Ukraine during White House news conference in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador next week to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America into the United States, the White House said on Friday. The meeting comes as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has begun to drop off, senior administration officials said, seeking a victory in a crisis that has consumed significant attention from the White House and the Obama administration in recent weeks.


AP WAS THERE: Man walks on the moon

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:25

FILE - This July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Apollo 11 astronauts trained on Earth to take individual photographs in succession in order to create a series of frames that could be assembled into panoramic images. This frame from Aldrin's panorama of the Apollo 11 landing site is the only good picture of mission commander Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo/NASA, Buzz Aldrin, File)EDITOR'S NOTE:


US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:21
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

California reviews fracking water disposal amid contamination concerns

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:08

A naturally occurring oil seep is seen in McKittrickBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California on Friday said it would review wells where oil drilling waste water from the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is disposed to ensure they are not contaminating drinking water. The move comes after the state ordered oil companies to shut down 11 wells on July 1 in Kern County, an area in the state’s Central Valley that is home to the bulk of its crude oil production. Like the rest of the state, Kern County is being ravaged by a severe drought that has led to mandatory water restrictions. The agency said there is no direct evidence that any drinking water has been affected and said the stop orders were issued out of "an abundance of caution." The companies operating the 11 wells are Longbow, Macpherson Operating Co, Race Diversified Corp, R&R Resources, Redbank Oil Co, SOC Resources Inc and CMO Inc. Since the initial orders were issued, two of the wells have been authorized to resume operations, the agency said on Friday.


U.S. federal court throws out case against FAA's drone policy

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:04

 A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" near U.S. Capitol in Washington(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's informal email orders enforcing its drone policy are not legally binding, a federal court ruled in a case filed by a Texas group. A Texas search-and-rescue group, Texas EquuSearch, had challenged the FAA's drone policy against using unmanned aerial vehicle for search-and-rescue operations in a case filed in April. Texas EquuSearch, which is a privately funded not-for-profit organization, uses sonar boat, an unmanned aircraft, foot searchers, ATVs, horses and helicopters to find missing persons, according to information available on its website. The FAA had argued in a June letter to the court that anyone wishing to operate an aircraft in the United States - other than hobbyists operating model aircraft - must obtain FAA approval.


Obama to sign order Monday barring federal discrimination against gays

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:52

U.S. President Obama speaks about situation in Ukraine from the White House in WashingtonBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said on Friday. The order does not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a fact that was cheered by gay rights activists. Some religious leaders had pressed Obama for added flexibility in executing the rules, but senior administration officials said that had not been granted. Religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but exceptions would be allowed for ministers, and groups would be allowed to favor individuals of a particular religion.


Alaska's largest paper undergoes name change

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:22
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than two months after it was purchased by an online competitor, Alaska's largest newspaper will undergo a name change with Sunday's edition.

NBC sends reporter back to Gaza after sudden exit

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:13
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Friday it was sending Middle East correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin back to the Gaza strip this weekend after he left the region for unexplained reasons following his eyewitness report on the killing of four Palestinian boys on a beach this week.

NYC doctor convicted of manslaughter for illegal prescriptions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:13
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City pain management doctor was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and other charges for selling narcotics prescriptions to 20 patients, including two who fatally overdosed. A jury in Manhattan Supreme Court found Stan Li, 60, guilty on nearly 200 criminal counts, including manslaughter, grand larceny and drug trafficking, the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, said in a statement. The prosecutor's office said Li would see as many as 100 patients a day, many of whom would line up waiting for his clinic to open in hopes of buying prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone, Vicodin, Valium and Xanax. One patient, Michael Cornetta, continued to get prescriptions from Li for more than a year, despite being treated in the emergency room twice for overdoses.

Lawyer: Clippers sale could miss August deadline

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline.

U.S. steps up deportation of Central American child migrants

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 09:09

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwestern border since October, more than twice the total this time last year, many through the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Rick Loomis, Pool)By Gabriel Stargardter SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras (Reuters) - More than 40 Central American children were expelled from the United States on flights to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday, as the U.S. government stepped up its deportation of illegal child migrants. Thirty-three minors aged 6 months to 15 years along with 26 mothers landed on a U.S. flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the city with the world's highest murder rate. Friday's flights were the second lot after an initial group of deported children and women arrived in Honduras on Monday. Returning to Honduras nearly $5,000 in debt to the guide or "coyote" who smuggled her to the border, Orellana urged U.S. President Barack Obama to give the migrants a chance.


Family of slain robbery hostage starts own probe

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:55

This undated photo released by the Singh family shows Misty Holt Singh who was taken hostage and killed in Stockton, Calif. following a bank robbery and gun battle on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. An attorney representing family said Friday, July 18, 2014 that he is seeking documents, dispatch logs, video and other evidence authorities gathered during the chaotic incident that ended with the death of Misty Holt-Singh and two gang members thought to have participated in the robbery of the bank where the mother of two was abducted. (AP Photo/Singh Family)STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Family members of a hostage slain during a running gun battle with assault weapons between suspected bank robbers and police in a Northern California city on Friday launched their own investigation into the incident.


AP sources: Bon Jovi part of group eyeing Bills

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:15

FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo musician Jon Bon Jovi performs during a concert of the American rock band Bon Jovi in Lisbon, Portugal. Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday.


'Funnel of fire' destroys homes in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:14

Forrest Harrison holds the hand of his daughter, Avery, 5, as he looks over the rubble remaining from his home after a wildfire destroyed it the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)PATEROS, Wash. (AP) — A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley.


Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 08:03

Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operationIsraeli troops pushed into Gaza Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks, as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign.


Top Colorado Court halts Denver gay marriages

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:49
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Denver County clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the state's ban against the unions remains in place.